Markelle Fultz, the No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft, is reportedly using virtual reality googles to help fix his broken shooting form.
Yes, you read that previous sentence correctly.
“This is the weirdest thing in my time being affiliated with the league that I can possibly remember,” NBA Radio host and 13-year NBA veteran Antonio Daniels said on Taz & The Moose. “I’m being completely honest. We are about three-quarters of the way done with the season, and we don’t talk about the No. 1 pick in the draft. How crazy is that?”
That might be because Fultz hasn’t played since Oct. 23. He played the first four games of the year – during which he averaged 6.0 points on 33.3 percent shooting from the floor – before the 76ers shut him down with a shoulder injury.
The 19-year-old has been flying under the radar ever since.
“Coming in, I think that was something that Markelle Fultz had going for him anyway,” Daniels said. “It’s very rare that the No. 1 pick in the draft is not talked about, that he’s coming in and not being the face of the franchise. That rarely happens. He was coming in being the third face of the franchise – meaning Joel Embiid and then Ben Simmons and then Markelle Fultz. So even though he was the No. 1 pick in the draft, people weren’t nearly as excited to see him play as they were these other two guys.”
Other rookies – such as Utah’s Donovan Mitchell and Boston’s Jayson Tatum – have already become franchise cornerstones. Fultz, meanwhile, is trying to remember how to play basketball.
“I’m going to be honest: I have never seen anything like this in my basketball life,” Daniels said. “I’m talking about at any level, where a guy is that talented coming out of college – talented enough to be the No. 1 pick – and then just out of nowhere it’s almost like he forgets how to shoot or play the game of basketball. It’s weird.”